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News Release

For Immediate Release
April 20, 2012

Janice K. Rundles, Senior Assistant Attorney General
(603) 271-3671

Homicide Investigation in Lancaster, New Hampshire

New Hampshire Attorney General Michael A. Delaney, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert Quinn, and Lancaster Police Chief John Gardiner announce that the Chief Medical Examiner has completed his examination of the three bodies found in Lancaster on April 17, 2012.

David Collins, age 44, of 43 Wesson Road, died of a gunshot wound to the head and a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Two bullets were recovered from his body. The manner of his death was homicide.

The other two bodies were found within a burned-out camper/pick-up truck in the driveway of 53 Wesson Rd. in Lancaster. This address is the home of Eugene and Elena Sly, both age 64. One of the bodies found in the camper was positively identified, through dental and medical records, as that of Eugene (Gene) Sly. The other body could not be positively identified, but is that of a female and, based upon all the facts and circumstances, is presumed to be Elena Sly. The cause and manner of the Slys' death is currently undetermined, due to the condition of the bodies.

The investigation thus far has revealed that Eugene Sly shot and killed David Collins in the front hallway of Collins' home at approximately 3:00 a.m. on April 17. Mr. Sly then ran towards his home at 53 Wesson Road, and the fire in the camper was observed shortly thereafter. A .38 caliber revolver was found within the burned-out camper, which is consistent with the weapon used to kill David Collins.

The State Fire Marshal's office is investigating the cause and origin of the fire in the camper, but has not yet reached a final determination in this matter. The New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit also continues to investigate.

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